January 22, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Kansas, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Stan Lee, the guy who created and co-created hundreds of iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and Thor, is coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall May 20, 21 and 22. The legendary former publisher of Marvel Comics is scheduled to sign autographs, pose with fans for photo opportunities, and appear on stage for a Q&A session.
“Every year the show gets better,” said Planet Comicon Kansas City founder and CEO Christopher Jackson. “We are incredibly excited and truly honored to have Stan Lee coming to Kansas City. He is a visionary who has brought a whole pantheon of modern mythology to life. The incredible imagination of Stan Lee fills our theaters, toy stores, and television screens.”
Planet Comicon Kansas City has exploded in popularity and attendance since moving to the monster space at Bartle Hall in 2012. The annual show draws legions of fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, television, movies, fantasy, and gaming, with acres of interactive exhibits, live art, costumes, performances and collectibles.
Other celebrity guests already announced for Planet Comicon in 2016 include Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Sean Maher (Firefly), and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats). Other comic creator guests include Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor), Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Dick Tracy), Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, The Sixth Gun), Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, Queen & Country), Matt Kindt (Rai, Ninjak), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Flash: Season Zero), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre, Batman Adventures), and more!
“We will continue to announce celebrity guests over the next few months,” Jackson said. “The final roster will include more than 25 celebrities who will be available to meet with their fans. Planet Comicon is designed for every fan in the family. We work for a great balance of comic book creators, celebrity guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming. That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”
Last year’s Planet Comicon Kansas City drew a record-setting 54,000 fans to Bartle Hall, but Jackson expects the 2016 show to be the biggest yet.
Jackson noted that, “For the past two years, Planet Comicon has been on the same weekend as the Big 12 basketball tournament, which strained the limits of hotel rooms, parking, and other downtown accommodations. Our event has now moved to May, and we expect that to allow us to grow our show and improve the experience for fans even more.”
Tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City will be available at the door. In addition, advance memberships that include admission to the event can be purchased at the Planet Comicon Kansas City website, www.planetcomicon.com. A limited number of Stan Lee autograph and photo packages will be available and can be pre-purchased on the website.
“This will be Mr. Lee’s first such appearance in Kansas City and we are extremely excited to welcome him as our guest of honor at Planet Comicon,” Jackson said. “We expect the Stan Lee packages to sell out in advance of the show, so fans who want to meet him should book their packages well ahead of time.”
Lee has appeared in more than 30 movies, including cameos in nearly every Marvel movie. He was recently named the most successful filmmaker of all time, as his legendary creations have grossed $15 billion worldwide.
FOUNDED IN 1999, PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY is Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction television and movies. Past Planet Comicon guests have included William Shatner, Stephen Amell, Lou Ferrigno, Adam West, Kenny Baker, Cary Elwes, Karen Gillan and many more. Memberships that include admission can be purchased on the event website, www.planetcomicon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and more, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.” In this second illustrated novel of The Zodiac Legacy series, the dangerous dragon power only grows stronger within Jasmine, and Steven struggles to hold their ragtag team together. But as alliances become strained, the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes blurrier and blurrier. And it all culminates in a major cliffhanger that readers won’t see coming!
Stan Lee will be here to hand out pre-signed copies of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.”
This is a wristbanded event
-1 book per person/ 1 wristband per person – no exceptions
-Wristbands and books are limited to 300
-Wristbands will be issued to customers who purchase the book from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning at 9am on January 30
-the wristband will allow you into the event area where Stan Lee will hand you a pre-signed book
-personalization will not be available
-photos will not be permitted
-No memorabilia please
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Marvel really produced a winner with Ant-Man with great characters and great visuals. I enjoyed it a great deal. I was expecting more of a comedic caper movie, but it surprised me with how serious and dramatic it was at times.
Paul Rudd stars as the Scott Lang version of the character. After pulling off a Robin Hood-style heist and ending up in prison, he’s trying to put his life back together and stay connected with his daughter. I’ve always liked Paul Rudd as an actor, and I think he does a great job in this.
I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the decision to make Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) an older character, but I can see how it really works in this movie. The heart of this film involves two fathers and two daughters. Lang is trying to be the hero his daughter deserves while Hank is trying to reconnect with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). It all has a great deal of emotional resonance. It also manages to address the age-old comic book conundrum as to why some inventors in the Marvel Universe don’t make their technological creations more readily available.
The first half of the movie might seem to drag a bit as Scott goes through quite a lot of preparation and training, but the movie really picks up when Scott and crew go into action for the task for which Hank recruited him. The end sequence manages to bring all the supporting characters together in a cool way. Along the way we also get a fun fight with a guest-starring member of the Avengers (which, of course, builds up to Ant-Man’s inclusion in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War)!
Although this was a troubled production with original director Edgar Wright dropping out while the movie was in pre-production, Marvel really pulled it together and made it one of their best films. Since Marvel has been very genre-oriented of late and this movie was described as a heist movie, I’m really curious to see where they go with the already announced sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. At any rate, we are sure to see more of Evangeline Lilly which is never a bad thing in my book.
Minor Caution for Parents: This movie does have some blatant profanity in it (as did Guardians of the Galaxy). As the parent of young kids myself, I really wish Marvel wouldn’t go this route and would instead keep it family-friendly.
SYNOPSIS: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the newest member of the Avengers: Marvel’s Ant-Man. Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from ruthless villains! With humanity’s fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. Filled with humor, awesome special effects and exclusive bonus features, this action-packed adventure takes you to new levels of pulse-pounding excitement!
CAST: Paul Rudd (This is 40, Role Models) as Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lost) as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll (This Is Where I Leave You, The Bourne Legacy) as Yellowjacket/Darren Cross, Bobby Cannavale (Spy, Chef) Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez, The Martian) Tip “T.I.” Harris (Identity Thief, Entourage),Wood Harris (Justified, The Wire), Judy Greer (Tomorrowland, 13 Going on 30), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, Prisoners), as Paxton, and Michael Douglas (Last Vegas, The Game) as Dr. Hank Pym
BONUS:Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray
- Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide –
Set your watch and count down the action in this fast-paced behind-the-scenes look at how to pull off a heist movie, including Scott Lang’s hilarious heist “family,” Ant-Man’s costume, plus amazing stunts and effects.
- Let’s Go To The Macroverse –
Shrink down to size in this fascinating look at creating the world from Ant-Man’s perspective, from macro photography through the subatomic.
- WHIH NewsFront –
A hard-hitting collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart’s interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary By Peyton Reed And Paul Rudd
*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
- Deleted Scene
FEATURE RUN TIME:Approximately 117 min.
RATINGS:PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
ASPECT RATIO:Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD = 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO:Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD = English/Latin Spanish/French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
SUBTITLES:English, French, and Spanish
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ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):
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About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL
ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
Watch The Man himself Stan Lee speak to a captivated audience at Boston Comic Con 2015 in a panel moderated by comic creator Jimmy Palmiotti and Stan’s manager Max Anderson. The event featured a special appearance by Stan’s best friend Ken Bald, Guinness World Record holder as the oldest living comic artist, and a phone call from Stan’s wife Joanie.
October 14, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, California, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
This is a wristbanded event. A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase *Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning November 7th at 9am.
Stan Lee will not be signing any Memorabilia
About the book:
In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.
Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.
In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.
Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30 Los Angeles, CA 90036
Planet Comicon – Kansas City will be bigger than ever in 2016. It’s scheduled for May 20, 21, and 22 in Bartle Hall. The annual event is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention.
As always, Planet Comicon 2016 will feature an array of fandom favorites. “We work for a great balance of comic book creators, media guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming,” Planet Comicon CEO Christopher Jackson said. “That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”
Be sure to add Planet Comicon – Kansas City 2016 to your calendar now for May 20 – 22, 2016. You can also keep up on the latest events by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. Join fandom’s finest for a weekend of fantastic fun!
First guests announcements
Over the next few weeks, Planet Comicon will begin announcing guests on our website and social media. But as a subscriber to our email updates, you get a sneak peek at the first confirmed creator guests right now!
*Jason Aaron: writer of Marvel’s Star Wars, Thor, and Image Comics’ Southern Bastards.
*Terry Beatty: Syndicated cartoonist of The Phantom and Rex Morgan M.D.; co-creator of Wild Dog and Ms Tree.
*Rick Burchett: Eisner-winning artist of The Batman and Robin Adventures and Batman: The Gotham Adventures.
*Kevin Dilmore: Star Trek novelist whose works include co-writing Star Trek: Seekers: Point of Divergence.
*Chris Grine: Cartoonist of Dark Horse’s Chickenhare and the web comic Wicked Crispy.
*Jeremy Haun: Artist and writer known for Detective Comics, Berserker, Battle Hymn, and the new Image Comics series The Beauty.
*Phil Hester: Artist and writer known for Green Arrow, Firebreather, Ant-Man, and The Flash: Season Zero.
*Dennis Hopeless: Writer of Marvel’s Spider-Woman and Inferno.
*Kevin Mellon: Storyboard artist on FX’s Archer and artist of the comic books Suicide Sisters and Heart.
*B. Clay Moore: Comics writer whose work includes The Whistling Skull, Adventures of Superman, and The Vampire Diaries.
*Jai Nitz: Writer of Dream Thief: Escape, The Green Hornet, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual.
*Seth Peck: Comics writer of X-Men and Fear Itself: Wolverine.
*Steven Sanders: Artist of Wolverine and the X-Men, Infinity: the Hunt, and Our Love is Real.
*Rob Schamberger: Painter known for portraits of WWE wrestling superstars.
*Dan Scott: Cover artist for Conan The Avenger and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
*Greg Smallwood: Artist of Dream Thief: Escape and Moon Knight. 2015 recipient of the Russ Manning Award for most promising new talent.
*Rick Stasi: Artist, instructor, and voice performer who has drawn Action Comics, Bugs Bunny, and Charlton Arrow.
*Kyle Strahm: Artist whose work includes Image Comics’ Haunt and the new series Spread.
*Dayton Ward: Star Trek novelist whose work includes co-writing Star Trek: Seekers: Point of Divergence.
*Freddie E. Williams II: Comics and cover artist known for JSA: All-Stars, Legendary Star-Lord, and Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse.
*Mike Worley: Artist whose work includes Big Bang Comics and Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson.
We’ll announce many more comics creators, novelists, cosplay celebrities, and media guests in the next two months. And as an email subscriber, you’ll find out first about popular media guest announcements.
Artist Brent Schoonover appears at Source Comics & Games on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 to sign ANT-MAN ANNUAL #1!
Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave North, Roseville, MN 55113
Boston Comic Con has received clearance from S.H.I.E.L.D. to announce that Hayley Atwell, star of Agent Carter, is our latest guest addition for 2015! A fan favorite since her debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter is slated to make appearances in both this year’s Marvel movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man! Haley will meet fans for autographs and photos on Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd ONLY at Boston Comic Con! *UPDATE* Photo ops are available now at the link!
Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Laura Martin, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephane Roux, Frank Cho, Brian Azzarello, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, Joe Prado, Dave Johnson, and more!
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Cinerama and Emerald City Comicon are once again partnering to bring you the Second Annual ECCC Cinema Series! This unique event runs three nights at Seattle’s famous Cinerama and brings together movie stars talking about their films in an intimate Q&A before a screening of those same movies in glorious high definition!
On Thursday March 26, come watch one of the best pulp action films of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark! *Unfortunately Karen Allen has had to cancel her appearance at this event.*
On Friday March 27, it’s Excelsior time with Stan “The Man” Lee as he introduces you to the film that brought together the best of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and made them a team, The Avengers! *SOLD OUT.*
On Saturday March 28, don’t miss a Q&A with Brandon Routh that you’ll tell the cleaning lady about on Monday, before watching the cult hit Scott Pilgrim vs. The World! *Unfortunately Brandon Routh has had to cancel his appearance at this event.*
All Q&A’s will begin at 8:30 pm, with the screenings at 9:00 pm. The Q&As will be hosted by Mike Robles.
Tickets are $25 each, and available directly from Cinerama.
Poster art by Chrissie Zullo
2100 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98121
Meet Evangeline Lilly as she reads and signs her new book, The Squickerwonkers, at Chapters on Thursday January 29th at 7:00 PM. Evangeline is best known for her work as an actress on the hit TV show Lost but her foremost passion has always been writing. This eccentric and visually stunning cautionary tale is her first published work and will appeal to adults and children alike.
-Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
-Evangeline Lilly will personalize ONE (1) book per customer and autograph all other books.
-NO memorabilia or additional items will be permitted for the signing including posters, clothing, DVD’s or any other paraphernalia related to her acting career on Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man…etc. Book signing only.
-Candid photos only, no posed photography or video recording will be permitted.
-Proof of purchase required from a Chapters, Indigo or Coles location.
788 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6Z, Canada